Friday, September 25, 2009

Food Friday: Sweet Relish

My mom gave me a huge bag of some of her over grown cucumbers that are perfect for making relish. I finally got around to making a batch this week...and only used up about half of the cucumbers. I haven't a clue what to do with the other half....I certainly don't need to make anymore sweet relish...20 pints is more than enough to last us for the year or so and then some. I may have to give it away as gifts for every occasions....oh I just had an idea, Halloween treats! Won't all the neighbour kids love me! I can see their faces now.....

Don't these look delicious?

I used my mom's recipe, I haven't a clue if she made it up, if it was passed down to her, or if she got it out of a recipe book. But here it is

Sweet Relish - makes 17-20 pints

17 cups ground cucumber(about 50 cucumbers)
4 cups ground onion(about 8 large)
2 cups ground green pepper(about 4)
1 cup ground red pepper(about 2)
5 cups ground cabbage and/or cauliflower
6 cups ground green tomatoes (about 10 large)

9 cups sugar
3 tbsp mustard seed
1 1/2 tbsp celery seed
2 tsp turmeric
6 cups cider vinegar
3 cups water
green food colouring(optional)

Method 1
Mix all veggies together, sprinkle with 3/4 cup salt and let stand over night. Drain and rinse.
Combine brine ingredients and add to veggies. Bring to a boil and boil for 5-10 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and process for 5 minutes after bath comes to a boil.

Method 2
Mix all ingredients together. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 hour. Pour into sterilized jars and process for 5 minutes after bath comes to a boil.

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